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Vatican Issues New Guidelines for Catholic Charities

Basilica di San Pietro in Vatican City, Vladimir Mucibabic / Shutterstock.com

Basilica di San Pietro in Vatican City, Vladimir Mucibabic / Shutterstock.com

Under new rules announced on Wednesday (May 2), the Vatican will more closely oversee the operations of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of 162 national Catholic charities. The decision comes after the Vatican last year vetoed the re-election of the organization's then-secretary general, Lesley-Anne Knight, complaining of a lack of coordination with Vatican officials.

The new rules issued by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will require all Caritas Internationalis officials make a formal promise of fidelity to church teachings and leaders.

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